Turkey plans to provide an alternative to air travel to tourists from Israel and Lebanon – the Hatay Sea Bus (HADO) will be launched in late May, according to the Anadolu news agency. However, transport is also expected to connect other, “problematic” regions and countries in terms of tourism.
Thus, as stated, the first flight is planned from the southern Turkish port of Hatay – which, incidentally, is located almost 500 km from Antalya direct and about 730 highways – to the port of Famagusta in northern Cyprus. It will be recalled that this “Turkish republic” is still considered an unrecognized state – although tourists are available there.
In the future, according to Bulent Ok, Deputy Secretary General of the Hatay Municipality, the route will also serve as a sea bridge between the southern Turkish city of Hatay and several countries, including Israel, Lebanon and Libya, even further away from tourism. “The port is now ready for international passenger traffic. The wave season in the Mediterranean will end by the end of May. Thus, from now on, the sea bus will start operating in the region, “the Turkish expert assured.
It should be added that the Hatay region of the same name has long been considered a problem area for Turkey – namely a disputed territory with Syria. The region became part of Turkey in 1939, but still has a long border with Syria.
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